3rd Oct – WSO with Dave Burland, Richard Kitson+Scott Doonican + More raising money for Barnsley’s foodbanks


Thanks to Rebecca and Ken aka Hungrytown for an excellent nights entertainment on Monday – If you missed them you can still catch them in the UK see – http://hungrytown.net/concerts/

Next Monday is part of Barnsley’s We Shall Overcome week of events to raise money for Barnsley’s Food Banks and Barnsley Churches Drop-in centre.

All artists are donating their time for free and include – Dave Burland, Richard Kitson and Scott Doonican, The Hurriers, Devils Water and String Theory.
To make the night a bit special, we have asked the acts to do something they wouldn’t normally do, so Richard and Scott are making a very rare appearance as The Last of the Independents – acoustic Rory Gallagher Blues covers, The Hurriers are performing unplugged, String Theory is now a 6-piece with Mick Roberts on Bass, Andy Munro on guitar and occasional 4th Member Zoe Bottomely on backing vocals. Editor of Stirrings Magazine, Raymond Greenoaken is bringing his Duo, Devils Water. Dave Burland argues that he is different anyway, and knowing that he usually throws in a rock and roll cover or two, we can’t argue with that!

We’ve booked the concert room at the trades so there is plenty of room – please come and show your support – we’re suggesting £5 into the collection, but every penny counts. (note there will be no floor spots on this occasion)

Further ahead we have the Rubber Wellies, one of Mike Harding’s favourite bands on 10th Oct and The Rolling Down Hills on 17th.

Autumn 2016

Well, what with it being the equinox tomorrow it seems like a good time to let you know the what we’ve got coming up – below are all the acts we have booked.

Hungrytown come recommended by club favourites Jeni and Billy – you can here them here http://hungrytown.net/
Monday 3rd oct we have the concert room booked for our part od the We Shall Overcome Weekend – a town wide and national event raising monet for our local foodbanks and the Barnsley Churches Drop-in Project.

We have a really special night lined up for you  – local folk legend Dave Burland, a (very) rare appearance of Richard Kitson and Scott Doonican as The Last of The Independents (acoustic Rory Gallagher covers), socialist punk band The Hurriers (Acoustic) http://thehurriers.co.uk/, Devils Water http://devilswater.co.uk/about.htm  (Richard Ridley and Raymond Greenoaken) and the largest line up ever of String Theory – the usual suspects plus Mick Roberts on Bass, Andy Munro on Guitar and Zoe Bottomley on backing vocals.  We’ve got the concert room booked for this one so you’ll be sure to get a seat.

Summer 2016

Well, it was kind of good in a way that the football was on on Monday as it meant we could used the upstairs room for Edwina Hayes, which has a bigger capacity than the lounge, and we needed it!  Thanks to Edwina and Dom, and especially the floor singers, Dave Bottomley for MCing and Linda for doing the collection.

Well, that wraps it up for guest nights for now until September.  We’re not closing for the summer, but summer nights can be unpredictable, sometimes it’s packed, sometimes no-one turns up at all, so it’s best to phone/ message ahead before making a special trip out;

9pm onwards is Singers and Musicians. Linda will be there most weeks from 9ish, again it is best to phone ahead just in case – email us on info@barnsleyfolk.org.uk for Linda’s number.

8-9 is still set aside for the slow trad music session – text me on 07826 791 045 if you are thinking of attending. Note that there is every chance no-one will be there if you don’t.

Hope you have a good summer, and see you in September, we’ll have the AGM sometime in the autumn too – I let you know once the commitee have decided on a date.

Best wishes,
Barnsley Folk Club

Kimber’s Men 1st Feb

Our next full guest night is Kimber’s Men on 1st Feb (NOT 22nd as listed in some publications)

Kimber’s Men sing sea shanties and sea songs from around Europe in close harmony acapella and with several instruments – guitars,banjo,bandolin,whistles and even bagpipes!

The evening starts with a short celtic-style music session, beginners welcome and then spots from regular performers. Kimbers Men will perform 2 x 45 min sets.


£5 suggested donation

Barnsley Folk and Acoustic Night – confirmed Guests for 2016

Here are our guests up to Oct for 2016 (I’ll add to FB, Reverbnation and the listings on this website when I get the chance)

Don’t forget we are at the trades every Monday night apart from bank holidays – music session 8-9pm, then singers and musicians until closing, all welcome to perform.  Featured artist nights (45 min set) take a similar format with plenty of floor spots available.

11th January Richard Kitson (45 min to 1hr)
1st February Kimbers Men (Full Guest – 2 x 45 min sets)
22/02/16 Dr Butlers Hatstand Medicine Band featuring Dominic Dudhill (Full Guest)
21/03/16 Dave Burland (Full Guest)
18/04/16 Leon ODoherty (45 min set)
16/05/16 Jeni and Billy (Full Guest)
07/06/16 TBC (45 min set)
27/06/16 Edwina Hayes (Full Guest)
26/09/16 Hungrytown (Full Guest)
03/10/16 We Shall Overcome Night (our bit to raise money for Barnsley’s Food Banks)

Dec News

Christmas Party is Mon 21st – Free Buffet and Longsword team coming

It was decided between people at the club on Monday that there would be no club on Mon 28th (which is a Bank Holiday)

We return on Mon 4th, Next featured artist is RIchard Kitson, doing a set for us on the 11th Jan

I’ll update you on the new bookings for 2016 sometime over the break.

Happy Christmas!


June at Barnsley Folk and Acoustic Night

Here is what is going on at the Folk Club in June;

Mon 1st June is a normal club night (and 15th and 22nd)  – if you’ve not been before, we start with a trad music session from 8 to 9ish – everyone welcome to join in – especially beginners – if you’re struggling with a tune at home bring it along and see how you get on.  From 9 pm it’s open floor for Singers and Musicians.  Come to just one of the sessions, or both, its up to you, but if you’re coming to the music session and don’t want to play, please respect the musicians and don’t talk loudly.

Mon 8th we have The Coles from Sheffield as our featured artists – the format of the evening will run as above, but with a 30min + set from the Coles sometime after 9.30ish.

Sat 20th June is Live in Barnsley – we are co-organising the Folk and Acoustic Stage at Igloo (above Chambers).  The sets are 30 mins long and alternate with the sets downstairs in Chambers so there will be constant music all day – there will also be a special festival beer too – a collaboration between Acorn, Two Rose and Geeves Breweries!
Running times are:

12.30 – Avishek Choudury
1:30 – Casey Hall
2.30 – Paul Pearson and Chris Treebeard
3.30 – Zoe Bottomley
4.30 – Toby Burton
5.30- Kirsty White
6.30 – The Rolling Down Hills
7.30 – Richard Kitson
8.30 – String Theory
Videos of all artists can be found on the facebook page of the event-  https://www.facebook.com/events/1402549276733719/

Alan from the monday night music sessions is also running an unofficial fringe event at the old no 7 – https://www.facebook.com/events/952546391452775/ from 2pm “A SESSION OF TUNES AND SONGS Every one welcome to come along and join in the tunes, sing a song or just listen.”

Mon 29th is Winter Wilson (see below for details) and further ahead into July on the 6th a real treat with Dave Burland and his new band (so new they still don’t have a name).

See you soon,